Warhammer Fest 2021 Day 5 – Warhammer 40k Reveals Part 2

Warhammer 40k Reveals Part 2

Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fest 2021’s fifth day of reveals focused on Warhammer 40k again, particularly the new Beast Snagga Orks that were teased a month back.

As previously reported, Warhammer Fest is an annual Games Workshop convention that celebrates all things Warhammer. This includes seminars with designers, tournaments and hobby events, and lots of news and big reveals for upcoming products.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in the UK, Games Workshop had to hold a digital version of the event again this year, with 30 to 40 minute livestreams of news and upcoming products every day until May 8th.

The first day was all about Age of Sigmar, and focused on new model reveals for the upcoming Soulblight Gravelords faction, and the contents of Broken Realms: Kragnos, the fourth and final book in the Broken Realms series.

The second day was the first of two streams focused on Warhammer 40k, and revealed the second War Zone Charadon book, Act II: The Book of Fire, as well as some new toys for the Sisters of Battle.

The third day was the Black Library stream, which announced a wide range of upcoming Warhammer 40k novels, as well as a brand new plastic kit for the legendary Gaunt’s Ghosts.

The fourth day, which was originally just labeled as “boxed games,” ended up being all about Warhammer Underworlds, Necromunda, and Aeronautica Imperialis. Highlights included Elathain’s Soulraid, the final Underworlds warband in the current Direchasm season, a new “Book of” faction book for Necromunda focused on Delaque, and a new Aeronautica Imperialis starter box that features Space Marines vs Craftworld Aeldari.

The fifth day was the second livestream devoted to Warhammer 40k, and as expected, this included a bigger look at the upcoming Beast Snagga Orks. The Beast Snaggas are a modernization of the classic Snakebite Ork archetype of savage, more primitive and nomadic greenskins that shun the use of shiny gubbins and know-wotz in favor of pointy sticks and barely controlled squigs.

Much like the Speed Freeks subfaction from several years back, Beast Snaggas can be used with any Ork kultur, but will gain extra bonuses when taken with a specific clan.

In their case it will be the aforementioned Snakebites. Also like Speed Freeks, you can easily build a purely Beast Snagga army if you so choose, or mix and match them with your more technologically obsessed Orks.

The Beast Snagga release will be kicked off with a big new limited run army box set. This box will include 20 of the basic Beast Snagga Boyz, who are noticeably larger and tougher than standard Boyz. In terms of heavy hitters, the box will contain three Squighog Boyz, a Grot Bomb, and a Nob boss mounted on one of the enormous new Smasha Squigs.

Rounding out the miniatures is the return of Zodgrod Wortsnagga, a classic Ork character that veteran players from the early days of Rogue Trader and 2nd Edition might remember. Zodgrod is an outcast with radical ideas that are considered absurd in Ork society, most notably that grots can be useful with the right care and training. Much like his original incarnation, Zodgrod will be able to buff a unit of Gretchin to “elite” stats, at least by grot standards.

The army set will also include the new Ork codex sporting a limited edition Beast Snagga cover. This box will be the first place to get both the Beast Snaggas and the new codex, though the general release won’t be far behind.

While the Beast Snaggas are a big focus of the new Ork models, they aren’t the only shiny new toys that greenskin players can look forward to. Games Workshop have hinted that they’ve only shown off about half of the new models, which included the new Mega-armored Warboss. Mega-armor has been seen before on Nobs and Mekboyz, but players have always requested a Warboss kitted out in this heavy power armor. The new Mega-armored Warboss is a huge miniature, and leads his Boyz into battle with the biggest choppa he can carry, and a helpful gretchin-powered shoota turret.

While Orks were the main focus of the stream, Games Workshop showed off some stuff for other factions. The aging Cadian Shock Troops are going to be repackaged with upgraded sprues full of new accessories. These new options include 25 characterful heads to choose from and, finally, access to every special weapon option that your basic Guardsmen can take. No more scavenging for bits from other Guard boxes, now you’ll have plasma guns, sniper rifles, meltas, and bolters right there in the box.

Finally, GW showed a quick teaser for a new two-player boxed set that will presumably be accompanied by new codices for the factions in question. The teaser shows a Dreadknight, a Tzaangor Shaman, and what looks to be a Thousand Sons Exalted Sorcerer and Castellan Crowe, so its probably safe to say that the box will be Thousand Sons vs Grey Knights.

That’s all for the fifth day of Warhammer Fest 2021 reveals. The next and final livestream is labeled as a mystery, but there are plenty of pretty educated guesses floating around as to what that mystery might be.

Which of these reveals are you excited for? Tell us in the comments below!

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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